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The Waterfront Trail refers to an interconnected series of trails along the shores of Lake Ontario in Canada, currently beginning in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and extending to Brockville, Ontario, with an extension along Former Highway 2, to the Quebec provincial border. The trail is also used by commuters in parts of Southern Ontario.[1]




The Waterfront Trail as it passes Budapest Park in Toronto.

This is a list of cities that the Waterfront Trail passes through, starting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and terminating in Brockville. major centers are listed here

Notable Waypoints


The Beaches

The Beaches community in eastern Toronto is an important location on the trail, being one of the only neighbourhoods in Toronto with residential homes next to the lakeshore. The Beach itself is a popular destination, hosting games of beach volleyball, and attracting many cyclists and rollerbladers. North of the waterfront are many small stores and restaurants along Queen Street and The Danforth. From the Beaches, the trail runs west along the Toronto waterfront for its entire length, with only a few sections on city streets. Currently, there isn't any path running east along the waterfront from the Beaches.

Port Credit

Port Credit straddles the Credit River with a mix of residential and commercial development along the trail. Most of the trail is separated from traffic with the exception of some residential streets at the east end near the Adamson Estate.

Spencer Smith Park

Spencer Smith Park at Burlington is a prime example of the evolution of mixed-use development and city planning in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2006, the park became a symbol of the ongoing effort to reclaim the Lake Ontario shoreline after the latest phase of redevelopment featured the opening of Spencer's, an upscale restaurant on grounds once occupied by the Mohawk Canoe Club.

Individuals and groups can sometimes be seen performing yoga, Tai Chi and other arts at the public gazebo here. In addition, Spencer Smith Park hosts the annual Sound Of Music festival, a longtime tradition and celebration for Halton and surrounding areas.

1000 Islands

The 1000 Islands Bikepath is a 37 kilometre trail running parallel to the Parkway between Gananoque and Brockville, forming a section of the Waterfront Trail. [2]

Facts & Figures


  • 450 km (280 miles) designated (signed)
  • 290 km (180 miles) undesignated (signage yet to be installed and/or gaps in alignment)


  • 31 communities
  • 182 parks and natural areas
  • 152 arts and culture heritage attractions
  • 37 major annual waterfront festivals
  • 170 marinas and yacht clubs

External links


  1. ^ Trail usage at
  2. ^ "1000 Islands Bikepath" (HTML). Canada Trails. Retrieved 2008-02-12.  


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